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Issue 14, 2013
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Electron densities of bexarotene and disila-bexarotene from invariom application: a comparative study

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Abstract

By the application of the invariom formalism, which provides aspherical atomic scattering factors, the electron densities of the RXR-selective retinoid agonists bexarotene (1a) and disila-bexarotene (1b) were derived from their known low resolution (d = 0.76 Å) crystal structures. The density distributions allowed us to make a comparison of the electronic properties of these pharmacologically relevant compounds. Differences were found to be restricted to relatively small regions in the terminal six-membered rings of the tetrahydronaphthalene and tetrahydrodisilanaphthalene fragments. In total, the replacement of two carbon atoms in 1a by silicon atoms (→1b) does neither influence the electronic structures nor the pharmacological properties (RXR receptor activation) significantly. It should be noted that the almost completely software supported invariom formalism can yield electronic information for biologically interacting systems with moderate effort. This offers interesting possibilities for drug research, in that steric and electronic information can be combined for the analysis of intermolecular recognition and interaction on an atomic scale. This approach is also valuable for the design and development of silicon-containing drugs using the carbon/silicon switch strategy.

Graphical abstract: Electron densities of bexarotene and disila-bexarotene from invariom application: a comparative study

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The article was received on 03 Dec 2012, accepted on 05 Feb 2013 and first published on 05 Feb 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3OB27346F
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2013,11, 2348-2354
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    Electron densities of bexarotene and disila-bexarotene from invariom application: a comparative study

    P. Luger, M. Weber, C. Hübschle and R. Tacke, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2013, 11, 2348
    DOI: 10.1039/C3OB27346F

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